Martin Grosswendt

Country blues, bottleneck and finger-busting guitar, offered up with powerful voice, deep soul and wry humor

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Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Music Kamp — 2021!!!

Hey folks.   I am super excited to tell you that I’ll be teaching guitar during Old Time and Traditional Week at Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Camp in Maryville, TN, June 14 – 20 — IN PERSON!  Yup, an actual be-there-do-that musical learning experience! This is one great event, and I’m thrilled to be there.  The […]

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Lessons available on various instruments in multiple genres near Providence, in Jamaica Plain, online, and at the Music Emporium!

Martin & Susanne

American Roots, Early Blues, Old Time, Honky Tonk


Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz

Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and you have Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz.

Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music, playing early in his career with folk legends such as U. Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin. A veteran of Boston’s roots music scene, Susanne slips seamlessly into any genre; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Martin and Susanne’s performances strike a deep emotional chord. They share their deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, and early country as they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit.

Martin and Susanne sang together for several years in a popular Boston Honky-Tonk and Western Swing band before they began touring as a duo in 2015. Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released the same year; a new recording is in the works.

The tastiest set of music Ive heard in years.
— Chris Applin, Good Times Café, Hinesburg, VT

Martin and Susanne are a revelation. They play with a seamless grace and power that make you think that the blending of their considerable talents and gifts was inevitable. The depths of their repertoire, skills, and musical knowledge are humbling. The walls still resonate the good time had by all!
— Wayne Beach, Concerts at Phippsburg Congregational Church, Phippsburg, ME

These folks are talented, versatile instrumentalists with powerful harmonies and a warm stage presence. I am already looking forward to a return visit.
— Karie Miller, First Encounter Concert Series, Eastham, MA

Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way thats all their own. If they come your way, dont miss them.”
— Andy Wallace former Program Director, National Folk Festival; Associate Director, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; and Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts

Audio & Video


September 30, 2016Winter Harborwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
October 2, 20164:00 pm  to 6:00 pmWestbrook, ME @ Lenny'swith Susanne Salem-Schatz1274 Bridgton Road (Route 302) WestbrookTicket Price: $15
Age Limit: All Ages
October 15, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmOld Ship Coffee Housewith Susanne Salem-Schatz107 Main Street HinghamWith Lorraine and Bennett Hammond
Ticket Price: $15
October 22, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmCommon Fence Musicwith Susanne Salem-Schatz933 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth, RI
October 27, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmFour Hour Day Lutheriewith Susanne Salem-Schatz4305 Hartford rd Baltimore mdWith Premo and Gustavsson
Ticket Price: Donation at the door

October 28, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzCharlottesville, VAPotluck 6-7, Concert 7:30-9:30
Email for details and reservations - put in the heading Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz concert
October 29, 20167:30 pm  to 9:30 pmR.A. Fountain General Storewith Susanne Salem-Schatz6754 E. Wilson St. Corner of NC 222 & US 258 Fountain, NCTicket Price: $7.50 General Admission
Age Limit: All Ages
October 30, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmTrent River Coffee Companywith Susanne Salem-Schatz208 Craven St New Bern, NC
November 2, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmTed's Fun on the Riverwith Susanne Salem-Schatz2 Castle St. Wilmington, NC
November 3, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmCameo Art House Theatrewith Susanne Salem-Schatz225 Hay St
Fayetteville, NC
November 4, 20166:46 pm  to 8:46 pmThe Rooster's Wifewith Susanne Salem-Schatz114 Knight Street Aberdeen, NC
November 5, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmWhistle Pig Concertswith Susanne Salem-SchatzAtlanta, GA
Email for reservations and details:
November 6, 20165:00 pm  to 7:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzOak Ridge, NC5pm Potluck, 6:30PM Concert
Email for reservations and details:
November 18, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmSouth Shore Folk Music Club Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-Schatz222 Main Street, Kingston, MAAge Limit: All Ages
November 20, 20163:00 pm  to 5:00 pmConcerts at West Kennebunkwith Susanne Salem-SchatzUnited Methodist Church160 Alfred Road, West Kennebunk, ME
November 28, 20166:00 pm  to 9:00 pmDriftwood Publick Housewith Susanne Salem-Schatz309 Court St
Plymouth, MA, United States
With Paul Chase on bass!
December 2, 20168:00 pm  to 10:00 pmMeetinghouse Cafe, Unitarian Universalist Fellowshipwith Susanne Salem-Schatz108 School Street, Bennington VTBenefit for Homeless Coalition
Ticket Price: $15, $10 students
December 3, 20168:30 pm  to 10:30 pmHinesburg, VT @ Good Times Cafewith Susanne Salem-Schatz10805 Rt. 116 HinesburgAge Limit: All Ages
December 4, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmCabot, VT @ Willey Memorial Hall, Cabot Artswith Susanne Salem-Schatz3216 Main St CabotAge Limit: All Ages
December 8, 20167:00 pm  to 9:00 pmPeople's Cafe Benefit for Climate Changewith Susanne Salem-SchatzPrivate Home, Newton MA
December 11, 20163:00 pm  to 5:00 pmYule for Fuel Benefitwith Susanne Salem-SchatzWellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet MA
December 18, 201611:00 am  to 1:00 pmBoston, MA @ Community Church of Bostonwith Susanne Salem-Schatz565 Boylston St BostonAge Limit: All Ages
January 14, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmPaskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grangewith Susanne Salem-Schatz1133 Fisher Rd DartmouthTicket Price: $15, $12 under 18, students, seniors.
Age Limit: All Ages
January 15, 20176:00 pm  to 9:00 pmChandler Road House Concertswith Susanne Salem-SchatzAndover, MA
Potluck at 6, music at 7:00
$15 per person
January 16, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmTres Gatoswith Susanne Salem-Schatz470 Centre StAge Limit: All Ages
January 29, 20173:00 pm  to 5:00 pmLoring-Greenough House Sunday Afternoon Concertswith Susanne Salem-Schatz12 South Street Jamaica PlainAge Limit: All Ages
February 2, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmCamden Public Library Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-Schatz55 Main St, Camden, METickets available at the door. (207) 236-3440
February 11, 20173:00 pm  to 4:00 pmWellfleet Public Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz55 West Main Street, Wellfleet MA
February 18, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmNew Moon Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-Schatz16 Ashland St Haverhill, MAopening for Robert Jones
February 25, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmThe Vanilla Bean Caféwith Susanne Salem-Schatz450 Deerfield Rd. Pomfret, CT
April 14, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmFolklore Society of Greater Washington @ Archie Edwards Blues Barbershopwith Susanne Salem-Schatz4701 Queensbury Rd
Riverdale, MD, 20737
Email for reservations:
Tickets are $20/public and $10/FSGW members
April 15, 201710:30 am  to 12:30 pmBlues Guitar Workshop with Martin Grosswendtwith Susanne Salem-Schatz4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737$30 Workshop Fee
Pre-register at
April 15, 20177:30 pm  to 10:00 pmDelaware Friends of Folkwith Susanne Salem-SchatzBennett Chapel at Wesley College, Corner of DIvision and N. Bradford St., Dover, DE
May 12, 20178:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concert Sebastapol, CAwith Susanne Salem-SchatzEmail Jon Berger and Kalia Kliban for Reservations and Details:
May 13, 20177:30 pm  to 10:00 pmHouse Concert in Berkeley, CAwith Susanne Salem-Schatz20 to 35++ dollar sliding scale donation
Reservations & details: email Audrey & Milton
May 17, 201710:30 pm  to 12:30 amHouse Concert Mountain View, CAwith Susanne Salem-SchatzEmail for details and reservations.
May 18, 20177:00 pm  to 8:00 pmHaggin Museumwith Susanne Salem-Schatz1201 N. Pershing Ave Stockton, CA
May 19, 20178:00 pm  to 10:30 pmSchoenberg Guitarswith Susanne Salem-Schatz106 Main Street, Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

May 20, 20173:00 pm  to 4:00 pmCorner Store West Festivalwith Susanne Salem-SchatzCarmel Valley, CAWhiffletree Ranch
18865 Cachagua Rd
Carmel Valley CA
May 21, 20175:00 pm  to 8:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzCarmel Valley, CASuggested Donation $15
Call 831-298-7159 for reservations and details

June 9, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmCherry Bridge House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzBridgewater, MADetails and Reservations:
August 20, 20171:00 pm  to 2:00 pmFolksoul Music Festivalwith Susanne Salem-SchatzGreenfield NH8 Driscoll Rd. Greenfield, NH
August 26, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmGarfield Center for the Artswith Susanne Salem-Schatz210 High Street, Chestertown, MD
September 15, 20174:00 pm through September 17, 2017 to 1:00 pmFolksong Society of Greater Boston, Fall Weekendwith Susanne Salem-SchatzPrindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA
September 22, 20178:00 pm  to 10:30 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzArlington, MA, United States
With The High-Strung Strummers (Sarah Jane Nelson & Cathy Mason.
Email for reservations and details:
October 1, 20173:00 pm  to 5:30 pmMusic @ Main, West Bloomfield Public Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz4600 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI483232 shows, at 3PM and 4:30PM
October 3, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmUncommon Ground Lakeviewwith Susanne Salem-Schatz3800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
October 5, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmThe Robin Theatrewith Susanne Salem-Schatz1105 S. Washington Avenue, Lansing, MIco-bill with Rev. Robert Jones!
October 6, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmTrinity House Theatre\nwith Susanne Salem-Schatz38840 West Six Mile
Livonia MI 48152
Co-bill with The Squirrel Hillbillies.
October 7, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmRhubarbary House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzRhubarbary B&B, Harbor Springs, MIEmail or call for reservations and details.
231 357 7339
October 8, 20174:00 pm  to 6:00 pmSection House Inn House Concertwith Susanne Salem-Schatz824 Ski Hill Rd
Little Lake, MIchigan, MI 49833
(906) 360-3950
October 10, 20179:00 am  to 10:00 amNew Eventwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
October 10, 20178:00 pm  to 10:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzMadison, WIFor reservations: email Mike at or call 608 274-6340
October 13, 20177:00 pm  to 9:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzAnn Arbor, MIEmail for reservations and details:
October 14, 20177:15 pm  to 8:15 pmKendal at Oberlin Auditorium\nwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
October 15, 20172:00 pm  to 4:00 pmHouse Concertwith Susanne Salem-Schatz112 Vine St, Kent, OHEmail Iris Meltzer for details & reservations.
October 20, 20177:30 pm  to 9:30 pmPhippsburg Congregational Church, UCCwith Susanne Salem-Schatz10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, Maine
(1/3 mile down Parker Head Road from Route 209)

January 13, 20182:00 pm  to 3:00 pmBrooks Free Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz739 Main Street,
Harwich, MA
February 2, 20187:30 pm  to 8:30 pmThe Common Ground on the Hill, Baltimore Concert Serieswith Susanne Salem-SchatzThe Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD
February 3, 20187:30 pm  to 8:30 pmJenkins House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzManhattan, NYFor Reservations and Details Email:
February 18, 20183:00 pm  to 5:00 pmAmerican Roots: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz plus Caroline Kuhnwith Susanne Salem-SchatzArts at the Armory Cafe 191 Highland Ave. SomervilleFor details, click here:
March 2, 20187:30 pm  to 8:30 pmSusquehana Folk Music Societywith Susanne Salem-SchatzFort Hunter Centennial Barn
5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
March 3, 20188:00 pm  to 9:00 pmRichmond Folk Music -dinner at 6:45with Susanne Salem-SchatzCongregation Or Ami, 9400 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia 23235
March 31, 20181:00 pm  to 2:00 pmEastham Public Librarywith Susanne Salem-SchatzEastham, MA
April 21, 20188:00 pm  to 10:00 pmCaffé Lenawith Susanne Salem-Schatz47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
May 12, 20187:30 pm  to 9:30 pmBristol Stone Church Coffeehousewith Susanne Salem-SchatzFirst Congregational Church, 300 High Street in Bristol, RIWith the KC Moaners.
Doors open at 6:45pm, Show starts at 7:30pm. Come early, bring a picnic dinner. .
Call 253-4813 or 253-7288 for reservations / advance tickets.
June 19, 20187:15 pm  to 8:15 pmFolk Club of Reston/Herndonwith Susanne Salem-SchatzAmphora's Diner Deluxe, 1151 Elden Street, Herndon, VA. Contact Dave Hurd at or 540-722-0146 for advance ticket sales
June 22, 20188:00 pm  to 10:00 pmTakoma Park House Concertwith Susanne Salem-Schatz for reservations and directions
September 28, 20187:30 pm  to 9:30 pmTinmouth Old Firehouse Concertswith Susanne Salem-Schatz
September 30, 20184:00 pm  to 5:00 pmCabot Arts at Willey Memorial Hallwith Susanne Salem-Schatz3216 Main St Cabot, VT
October 12, 20189:00 pm  to 12:00 amMadison House Concertwith Susanne Salem-SchatzMadison, WIEmail for details and reservations:
October 13, 20188:00 pm  to 10:00 pmShawano WI Otter Creek House Concertwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
Call for reservations: (715) 853-6879
October 14, 20184:00 pm  to 7:00 pmFortune Lake Camp Second Sunday Folkdancewith Susanne Salem-SchatzCrystal Falls, MI
October 18, 20187:00 pm  to 9:00 pmThe Robin Theatrewith Susanne Salem-Schatz1105 S. Washington Avenue, Lansing, MIco-bill with Shari Kane and Dave Steele
October 20, 20188:00 pm  to 10:00 pmTrinity House Theatrewith Susanne Salem-Schatz38840 West Six Mile
Livonia MI 48152

Opening for Brooks Williams
October 21, 20187:30 pm  to 9:30 pmAnn Arbor House Concert at Cathie and Hal'swith Susanne Salem-SchatzAnn Arbor, MIEmail or call for reservations and details:
734-274-0773 or 734-769-1052
February 2, 20191:00 pm  to 2:00 pmTruro Public Librarywith Susanne Salem-Schatz
March 15, 20198:15 pm  to 10:15 pmPRINCETON FOLK MUSIC SOCIETYwith Susanne Salem-SchatzChrist Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, in Princeton, NJ.
April 12, 20197:30 pm  to 9:00 pmDewey Decible Concert Series, WIlliamsburg Public LIbrarywith Susanne Salem-SchatzWIlliamsburg VA
April 27, 20197:30 pm  to 10:00 pmAn Evening of American Roots Musicwith Susanne Salem-SchatzWellfleet Preservation Hall
Wellfleet, MA
Excited to be sharing the stage with our good friends Jim Rohrer and Lynda Schuster of Cumberland!
August 24, 20197:30 pm  to 10:00 pmSaturday Night in Marbleheadwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
August 22, 20209:30 am  to 2:00 pmDew Clawwith Susanne Salem-Schatz
February 24, 20214:00 pm  to 5:00 pmRichard Manningwith Susanne Salem-Schatz


Recent Shows

Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

Brandywine Friends of Old-time Music, Newark, DE

The Vanilla Bean, Pomfret, CT

First Encounter Coffeehouse, Eastham, MA

Minstrel Concert Series, Morristown, NJ

Corner Store Arts, Washington, DC

Cameo Art House Theatre, Fayetteville, NC

Folklore Society of Greater Washington, D.C.

Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

Common Fence Concerts, Portsmouth, RI

Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI

Old Ship Coffeehouse, Hingham, MA

Last Friday Coffeehouse, Winter Harbor, ME

Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, ME

Fountain General Store, Fountain, NC

Old Firehouse, Tinmouth VT

Cabot Arts, Cabot VT

St. John’s Coffee House, Arlington, MA

Good Times Cafe, Hinesburg VT